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Cofepris launches health alert for sale of adulterated and counterfeit drugs at Edomex

U.S.A.Cofepris launches health alert for sale of adulterated and...

Cofepris invites citizens to report detection of odd products (Photo: Pixabay)

NS Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (Coffeprice) Warned about commercialization of counterfeit and adulterated drugs in two pharmacies of State of Mexico (Adomex). According to the information released via a statement, the products were found at two establishments of the company called “”.popular pharmacy,

Calle Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 206, the first establishment on Colonia Centro to find apocryphal drugs, Cuatitlan, Adomex, whose company name is Pharmacia Popular Gallegos e Hijos, SA de CV

Fake product found here Strong Tempera (paracetamol). According to the Cofepris alert, the tablet’s secondary packaging had printing flaws, the tablets were of a different color from the original presentation and the blister was of smaller dimensions than the original version.

The establishments where the apocryphal products were located are located in Cuoutitlán, Mexico State (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The establishments where the apocryphal products were located are located in Cuoutitlán, Mexico State (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The second establishment also belongs to “Popular Pharmacy” and is located on Adolfo López Mateos Street No. 23, Colonia. In the municipality of San Lorenzo, Cuoutitlán Izcalli, Adomex. In this drugstore, the commission found four adulterated, counterfeit and different products.

The first of them corresponds to the drug brave, whose active ingredient is hydroxocobalamin. As Cofepris reports, this injectable solution presented adulteration in the vials, as they were correct on the expiration date and were loose in the box.

Another product with adulteration was the presentation in antibiotic tablets. Denvar (cefixima), In this case, the expiry date on the secondary packaging was changed and on the blister it was seen that the expiry date and batch had been shortened.

These drugs were added Amaryl (glimepirida/metformina), which introduced adulteration in terms of sanitary registration, as it has been canceled since October 2019, in addition, the packaging and blister present a noticeable difference in terms of size of the original products.

Cofepris detected counterfeit and adulterated drugs at two establishments that operate under the name "popular pharmacy" (Photo: EFE / Jose Mendez / FILE)
Cofepris has detected counterfeit and adulterated drugs at two establishments that operate under the name of “popular pharmacies” (Photo: EFE/Jose Mendez/Archive)

Finally, counterfeiting was detected in the product Agin (acetylsalicylic acid, ascorbic acid and sulfadiazine), since differences were found in the colour, typography, images, texts and sizes of the authentic presentation of the analgesic in tablets.

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because of this reason, The institution invites those who have purchased at these pharmacies to verify the authenticity of their medicines And he specified that both establishments already have health safeguards in place by Cofepris, including a total temporary suspension of services.

Similarly, the Federal Commission announced that the holders of sanitary records of the above products appeared before the relevant authorities and Told that it was a fake and adulterated product, therefore they should not be marketed by any establishment. In case of adulterated drugs, the expiry date has passed.

Cofepris recommends a visit to the doctor to suspend the use of the adulterated drugs and continue their treatment (Photo: RODOLFO ANGULO / CUARTOSCURO.COM)
Cofepris recommends a visit to the doctor to suspend the use of the adulterated drugs and continue their treatment (Photo: RODOLFO ANGULO / CUARTOSCURO.COM)

Thus, Cofepris made the following recommendations for users purchasing the four products described above at “popular pharmacy” establishments:

1. Suspend its use and contact healthcare professionals to continue your medical treatment.

2. Report any adverse reaction or discomfort related to the consumption of the product gob.mx/cofepris or via mail [email protected],

3. Receive medicines only at formally established establishments that have a health license or operating notice.

4. Check that the lot number and expiry date do not show discrepancies in their printing.

5. Avoid receiving partial or bulk medicine, as it loses its identity, batch and expiry date.

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